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Council creates Office of Equity

The Portland City Council voted unanimously to create an Office of Equity early Wednesday afternoon.

The creation of the office was strongly supported by Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who will oversee it. The office will absorb the staff and functions of the Office of Human Relations, which Fritz already oversees. She dismissed that office's executive director early this year in anticipation of creation of the new equity office.

The new office will also add to fold the human relations office and its budget into the new office. The vote adds $525,000 to the existing $600,000 budget for the human relations office, creating an annual cost of $1.125 million.

Adams and Fritz argued the new office is needed to address broader issues of equal access to opportunities in the city for all of its residents.